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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Mick Coyne, Jan 17, 2019.

  1. Mick. You asked how I found your thread. Well anytime I see the words Willys, or drag race. drag car, I click on it right away. LOL. Thanks so much for sharing all the great pics, as a fellow drag racer it is my kind of eye candy. Mike.;):)
     
  2. Mick Coyne
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    Hi Mike, so you have a 30 Ford and a 40 Willys coupe?
    Looks like we have a lot in common.
    Checked out your bio, same thing, model cars to your first car.
    I paid $15 for my first car, a 40 Plymouth, had to tow it home with a rope.
    Cruisin' on Friday nights with it at 16, big fun.
    Then off to the track on weekends.
    Thanks for answering the question Mike,
    Mick '40 Ply.jpg '40 Ply.jpg
     
  3. Mick Coyne
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    Mike, 30 Ford and a 40 Willys, pictures???
     
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    Same here, when the word Willys pops up in new threads I always check it out.
     
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  5. Mick Coyne
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    OK, cool, thanks
     
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  6. Mick Coyne
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    Off to the body shop.
    Because the car was previously a roundy-round dirt track racer,
    it had been rolled twice.
    Because my wife runs a Friday Night Gathering, this body shop did the job for $35@hr.
    Great advertising for them, great body work for me.
    The shop is only 3 miles away so I was there daily.
    They got the roof straight via metal shaping rather than bondo, nice work!
    Used 1/2" round tubing on the rear wheel wells.
    Had lots of parts powder coated, here's a few shots for starters...more to come. Rear wheel wells.jpg roof bondo.jpg Fitting SS trim.jpg Fitting grill.jpg Body straight.jpg Firewall painted.jpg Trunk hinges.jpg Trunk painted.jpg Painting trim.jpg Exhaust coated.jpg
     
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    Picking out the color, tough decision,went with 2005 Lamborghini red.
    Pretty exciting!
    Mick Color choice.jpg Now in black primer.jpg Painted red 3.jpg Painted 2.jpg Painted 3.jpg Painted Red 1.jpg Painted red 2.jpg Dash painted.jpg Dash in traffic.jpg Bumper out to polisher.jpg Bumper polished.jpg Coming home 1.jpg Coming home 3.jpg
     
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    In the last shot above the carbs were too high so I removed an unnecessary adapter.
    I can see better now.
    What I didn't say was that I had the body and dash SS trim stored in my closet for many, many years.
    Happy to see it finally on the car.
    While at the body shop I had all new glass made and installed with new rubber seals, windows roll up and down now. Had the headers coated, the entire exhaust system coated, including hangers.
    Trunk hinges coated, etc.
    Thanks for the"likes" fellas; more tomorrow, Carbs too high.jpg Carbs too high 4.jpg Carbs too high 3.jpg Coupe at Corkys.jpg
    Mick
     
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  9. 427 sleeper
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    Your car, sir, is ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!! I hope to have one half as nice some day.
     
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  10. Mick Coyne
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    Well thanks much 427 sleeper! Much appreciated.
    The pictures make it seem like it was built overnight but it took a long time.
    When I first got it you had to squint to see a Willys Gasser there but building it
    was a kick.
    Have fun with yours,
    Mick
     
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  11. Mick Coyne
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    "If it don't go, chrome it."
    Had some parts chromed, "dolled up" the front end.
    Chrome Project Jan 2017 004.JPG Chrome axle parts 013.JPG Willys Thursday Night 012.JPG
     
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    The first door panels I had were given to me off another Willys coupe.
    Later I had a local upholstery shop make them smaller for $75.
    Also installed 33 Ford door pulls, convenient. Door panels for MFB2.jpg Doors pulls.jpg New Door Panels.jpg
     
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  13. Mick Coyne
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    Meant to be!
    My Dad spotted a 41 Willys coupe across the street in their wedding pictures.
    November 18, 1945 right after he got out of the war, attached.
    Folk's wedding picture with Wiillys across the street.jpg Elaine in funny car 3.jpg
    I have to give a lot of credit to my wife Elaine on this build, tremendous help.
    She does tune up, brakes, amazing. Always there installing engines, transmissions, rear ends
    with me, I sure am fortunate!
    Mick
     
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  14. Mick Coyne
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    Last shot, how it looks now.
    That's it, thanks fellas,
    Mick Willys - May 13 2017.jpg
     
  15. paul55
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    from michigan

    Absolutely beautiful!
     
  16. Mick Coyne
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    Glad you like it Paul, thank you!
    I see you also have a 34 Ford pickup, any pictures of it?
     
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  17. paul55
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    Sold it a few years ago...mistake!
     
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  18. Mick Coyne
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    That's OK, life ain't over yet.
    Still have the 55 Nomad? Pictures?
     
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  19. Mick Coyne
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    Uh oh, I guess it would be inappropriate to show a 55 Chevy on a Willys thread?
    Don't want to get you nor I kicked off.
    Sorry about that,
    Mick
     
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  20. paul55
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    Yep. still have it. Been in/out of my family for the past 50 yrs.
     
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  21. Mick Coyne
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    50 years? Incredible. Hope you never sell it.
    I drew up this 1930 pickup while in the Nam war, sent pictures home to the folks
    and built it in March of 1969, maybe I'll do a short build thread on it in March.
    Still driving it, now Blown but always had a 4-speed.
    Same fabricator "Choke" built a cage for it and some cross members in the early 80s.
    Here's a shot of it in 69, then in 72, Hot rod in 1969.jpg Hot Rod in the early years.jpg
    Mick
     
  22. paul55
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    Very cool! Dad originally bought it in about '69 and sold it in late 70's. I found it, and got it back in '98. Used to play with my Hot Wheels in the back seat.
     
  23. Mick Coyne
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    Amazing that you found it and got it back!
    No doubt made your Dad proud and your son will probably end up with it.
    Keepin' it in the family, way to go.
    Never thought I'd like a wagon until the Nomads came out, kool wagons!
     
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  24. Mick Coyne
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    Well, I was going to stop posting pictures but...

    Paul... Benicia Car Show 2013 042.jpg Benicia Car Show 2013 044.jpg Wagons? Here's my buddy Al's Ford wagon, something different,
    Mick
     
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  25. Mick Coyne
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    "Hangin' out with those hoodlum friends of mine" 2014 American Iron Car Show 001.jpg 2014 American Iron Car Show 008.jpg 2014 American Iron Car Show 016.jpg 2014 American Iron Car Show 017.jpg
     
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    That was another fun day 2014 American Iron Car Show 002.jpg
     
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  28. paul55
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    Thanks! Great pics!
     
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  29. Dyce
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    What a great story! Thank you for taking the time to share it.
     
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  30. Mick Coyne
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    OK, you asked for it, I've got plenty.
    Drove over to a new neighbor's house a few years ago, he's got a steel 41 coupe too.
    Here's some more shots; 572 Chevy/4-speed. Yellow 41 20.jpg Yellow 41 13.jpg Yellow 41 14.jpg
     
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